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Jan Tschichold - Master Typographer

His Life, Work & Legacy

Cees W. de Jong, Alston W. Purvis


Explores the life and career of Jan Tschichold, placing the designer’s vision firmly in the rich cultural and historical context of his era


Few have left a deeper impression on the world of typography than Jan Tschichold, one of the most outstanding and influential designers of the 20th century. Not only was he a master in his field, but he wrote a number of highly influential books and became instrumental in promoting the modernist design strategy called the New Typography.

This substantial volume covers Tschichold’s life and career, placing the designer’s vision firmly in the rich cultural and historical context of his era. Tschichold embraced avant-garde ideas from movements such as the Bauhaus and De Stijl and made them accessible to working designers and printers, stressing clarity in communication, with form and function going hand in hand.

The contributing writers discuss the designer’s major influences and the highlights of his varied career, including his seminal poster designs, his groundbreaking work in book deign, and his type design including the creation of the classic typeface Sabon.

Lavish illustrations – archive photographs, many published here for the first time, as well as copious examples of Tschichold’s work – accompany the text, confirming that Tschichold’s heritage lives on in the digital age, and proving that he is amongst the greatest typographic designers ever.

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 32.0 x 22.9 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Illustrations: 331

Publication date: 24 November 2008

ISBN: 9780500513989

Contents List

Introduction by Cees W. de Jong • Tschichold and Die Neue Typographie by Alston W. Purvis • Jan Tschichold and Poster Design by Martijn F. le Coultre • Resurgence of Classical Design by Richard B. Doubleday Perfectly Legible and Readable by Hans Reichardt & Cees W. de Jong

About the Author

Cees W. de Jong is Director of the design studio and publishing company V+K Design-Publishing in the Netherlands. He has written a number of books, including Dutch Graphic Design, New Poster Art, Creative Type, Piet Mondrian: The Studios and Sans Serif, all published by Thames & Hudson.

Alston W Purvis is an American graphic designer, artist, professor and author.

Martijn F. Le Coultre is a Dutch notary and poster collector. He is the most important author in the Netherlands of books in the field of posters.

Richard B. Doubleday is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Graphic Design at Louisiana State University's School of Art.

List of Contributors

Martijn F. le Coultre, Richard B. Doubleday, Hans Reichardt